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The stream meanders between banks lined with white oak, elm, hickory and marsh willow. You will often have a tree lined bank on one side, with a marsh on the other. A large variety of birds and wild life are seen. The marshes were full of Red Winged Blackbirds and Swifts. We saw deer and a large number of Great Blue Herons. The highlight of the day was coming within 20 yds of a pair of Sandhill Cranes.
For most of this trip you are amazingly secluded. And though the sounds of the Indiana Toll Rd and SR 9 disturb the tranquility of the last couple of miles, they do little to distract from the sheer beauty of this stretch of river. Take out is on CR700, about a mile west of IN 9.
There were no pullovers or portages on this trip, making it an excellent trip for beginning canoeists or kayakers. Travel time about 4 hours steady paddling.
It is just very difficult to describe how really pretty this stretch of river is. It is an under utilized gem!
Take out: IN-9/M-66 to CR 700 (first rd. south of Indiana Toll Rd. West one mile, take out on right.
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